Paul D. Breitner has tried before judges and juries in a diverse range of civil disputes over his thirty plus year career, Paul is the firm’s senior trial counsel. Aside from his active involvement in all phases of civil litigation, he directs the firm’s representation of a number of condominium and community associations, a sub-specialty of his for many years. Paul is as adept at turning a piece of wood on his lathe as turning a phrase in front of a jury.
Commercial Disputes – Co-counseled a high profile healthcare arbitration defense over 16 days resulting in a substantial reduction of liability for client; obtained a verdict against foreign bank for trespass to safe deposit box owned by inmate in federal prison; six figure jury verdict against seller of commercial real property based on fraud and misrepresentation; successfully tried a long-standing real estate easement dispute involving elements of fraudulent and negligent non-disclosure resulting in the extinguishment of a permanent easemen burden upon the client’s commercial property.
Construction – Successfully defended an engineering firm accused of professional negligence for providing inaccurate estimates to a municipality for a road construction project; defended an engineering firm against allegations that it had performed inadequate construction inspection and contract administration services on a public project for the erection of a highway overpass; handled the defense of an internationally known architecture firm accused of preparing defective design plans for a facility housing thoroughbred jockeys and groomers; obtained a zero verdict in a multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought against a large, international engineering firm.
Community Associations – Lead defense counsel in multi-million dollar claim brought against association board for failure to adequately repair and maintain commercial facility, eventually negotiating a settlement on behalf of six involved insurance carriers; coordinated a city-mandated evacuation and subsequent move back of over 160 residents at a high-rise condominium experiencing deficiencies in many of their balconies; governance counsel at multiple homeowner and condominium associations; negotiated successful developer turnover on behalf of association at luxury oceanfront condominium; put in place effective collection techniques for many associations from lien filings, foreclosure, creative repayment plans and enforcement of judgments.
Publications, Presentations and Professional Activities
- Co-authored the chapter entitled “Construction Defect Litigation”, Matthew Bender’s Florida’s Condominium Law and Practice
- “Work Product and the Attorney’s Selection Process: Spoon-feeding the Opposition or Preserving the Adversary System,” Florida Bar Journal (January 2005)
- Speaker, Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in Florida, Lorman Seminar (September 2002)
Recognition, Awards and Institutions
- President, American Jewish Congress, Southeastern United States (2001-2005)
- Chair, Commission on Law & Social Action (1996-2001)
- Member, Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (2000, 2001)
- 1995 Dade County Bar Association, Pro-Bono Award
- Member, Community Relations Council, Greater Miami Jewish Federation (1998-2001)
- AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
- B.A., 1971, University of Maryland
- J.D., 1974, University of Florida
- Florida’s state courts
- U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Florida